VP of New Brands, Kalo Ingredients

Ginkgo Bioworks, Remote/Boston, MA


Duration: Full-Time

Kalo Ingredients is a new company built on Ginkgo’s platform with the goal of building a new ingredient toolset for the beauty and personal care industry. We are creating novel active ingredients using biotechnology to sustainably unlock previously inaccessible functionality and brand stories. We are bringing these ingredients to market through select B2B partnerships in several large addressable markets, as well as our own suite of brands.

The key mission of the VP of New Brands is to identify, optimize, and launch brands that provide immense value to our customers, while also driving meaningful business verticals for Kalo Ingredients. The ideal candidate will drive new growth opportunities and help Kalo expand by entering new markets and reaching maturity, while also keeping a pulse on new opportunities and strategic decisions that will drive growth.

Our mission is to create the most consequential personal care ingredients and brands of this century through radical performance, unparalleled sustainability and new storytelling. Our early team members will be critical to shaping and driving Kalo’s ethos around a “biology-first” future for the industry. We are still in our early stages, but expect to rapidly grow our team of talent. 

To learn more about Kalo Ingredients, please click here.

Execute on key initiatives:

  • Define the vision, strategy, and operations of all subsidiary brand launches from a functional and strategic perspective. 
  • Strategically analyze and assess the current business organization. Develop new approaches, policies and provide a platform for efficient and profitable growth.
  • Identify and seize key opportunities for business impact through quantitative analysis (i.e. ROI analysis, scenario planning) and external research; create investment cases for new initiatives and help leadership prioritize resourcing.
  • Develop and oversee a brand/product pipeline, partnering with internal stakeholders and external agencies to ensure the successful launch of each initiative. 
  • Take a customer-centric approach to analysis and interpretation of data, remaining focused on analytics and research to guide decision making. 
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of financial planning, to build detailed business cases with robust financial modeling, product/fit assessment, partner analysis of alternatives, and overall rationale to build new products to help our customers.
  • Explore and evaluate the potential of untapped markets opportunities and evaluate the pipelines of technical developments of our ingredients to define and prioritize growth opportunities.
  • Possess a diplomatic approach that keeps both internal and external partners in sync, bought in, and effectively driving the business forward together. 
  • Expand revenue in thoughtful ways and contribute to the overall company growth. 
  • Lead the recruitment and hiring of high-caliber employees for each new venture. 
  • Create the vision and rally a multi-functional team behind that vision to drive the strategy and action plan forward. It will be critical to collaborate cross-functionally for this role.
  • Manage resources and projects; understand how to collaboratively align resources, seek the input of key constituents, and manage others to achieve desired results.
  • Do “whatever it takes” to get the job done and work effectively and efficiently including on a tight deadline without drama or ego. We are a dynamic startup whose priorities may need to shift.

Desired Experience and Capabilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; an MBA or equivalent experience is desirable
  • 10+ years of related work experience in brand marketing of consumer goods
  • A leader who can champion a vision and roadmap, and is not afraid to dig into the details with the internal stakeholders
  • Passion and knowledge about the beauty industry and its latest trends.
  • Passionate about storytelling and creative thinking, with the ability to think outside of the box in order to be disruptive in the market.
  • Proven history of hiring and mentoring talent to accomplish shared goals and objectives.
  • Proven experience utilizing metrics and insights as tools for informed decision-making.
  • Experience collaborating across finance on financial operations including budgeting, planning, forecasting, variance analysis, and long-range planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, problem-solving, and influencing skills to work effectively with all stakeholders.
  • High emotional intelligence and self-awareness, which encourages positive energy, kindness, and passion throughout the organization.
We feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in both the scientific fields and beauty industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re working with the powerful biological engineering platform at Ginkgo Bioworks, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. Ginkgo and Kalo care about how this platform and the products created are used. Having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology in every industry.

It is the policy of Kalo Ingredients to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

About Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. We design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

Want to learn more about Ginkgo Bioworks? Visit Ginkgo Bioworks's website.